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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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Chimneys
1985

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1985 - Page 6


Measham Was Closed After 91 Years And Merged With Donisthorpe

Measham (Leicestershire, Midlands Area) sunk in 1894 near Measham Hall and east of Measham village was closed and merged with Donisthorpe in 1985 and renamed Donisthorpe / Measham.

Measham Main was sunk to the Main seam by W Tate.

Executors of W Tate 1896-1899 when the pit was then purchased by Measham Collieries Ltd. The pit was locally called Maysham.

CanteenDC shaft 250’ 10” (77m) to Stockings, 275’ 6” (84m) to Eureka, UC shaft 264’ 4” (80.5m) to Stockings, 289 ‘ 0” (88m) to Eureka.

Pithead baths and canteen with adjacent bike sheds were opened in 1957-1958. The opening ceremony was performed by Sir James Bowman.

A forklift truck was operating in the new stockyard 1957.

All timber to be used underground was impregnated with fire resistant solution.

A coal prep washery and screening was operational in 1958.

An AB Ranging drum shearer was introduced in 1967.

Wild Desford chocks were used on the face.

The Kilburn bunker was in use 1980.

The screens were demolished in 1984.


Seams worked

  • Main seam 1895-1905, 1926-1938, 1950-1962
  • Woodfield 1900-1902, 1940-1961
  • Eureka 1901-1940, 1957-1967, 1972-
  • Stanhope 1907-1940
  • Stockings 1933-1970s
  • 4 Feet 1917-1930
  • Kilburn 1964-1987
  • Little Woodfield 1981-1983.

8 seams were worked over a period of 92 years. A single entry face 37s was worked fairly successfully in 1983.


Manpower: Measham Main

  • 1894: 15 u/g, 7 s/f
  • 1895: 15 Main seam, 6 s/f
  • 1896: 19 Main, 6 s/f
  • 1897: 17 Main, 5 s/f
  • 1898: 3 Main, 2 s/f
  • 1899: 26 Main, 32 s/f
  • 1900: 58 Main, 11 Woodfield, 27 s/f
  • 1901: 70 Eureka, 10 Main, 59 Woodfield, 32 s/f
  • 1902: 155 Eureka, 12 Main, Woodfield stood, 52 s/f
  • 1903: 190 E, M, 56 s/f
  • 1904: 275 E, M, 63 s/f
  • 1905: 306 E, M, 68 s/f
  • 1906: 200 Eureka, 61 s/f
  • 1907: 263 Stanhope, Eureka, 63 s/f
  • 1908: 242 S, E, Woodfield, 88 s/f
  • 1909: 230 E, S, W stood, 75 s/f
  • 1911: 317 S, E, 81 s/f
  • 1912: 364 S, E, 90 s/f
  • 1913: 335 S, E, 85 s/f
  • 1914: 349 S, E, 101 s/f
  • 1915: 317 S, E, 66 s/f
  • 1916: 372 S, E, 93 s/f
  • 1917: 331 S, E, Four Feet, 95 s/f
  • 1918: No1, No2 336 S, E, 94 s/f, No3 12 sinking, 11 s/f
  • 1919: 396 S, E, 4F, 109 s/f, No3 25 sinking, 10 s/f
  • 1920: 430 S, E, 4F, 105 s/f, No3 3 sinking, 3 s/f
  • 1921: 323 S, E, 4F, 74 s/f, No3 2 s/f
  • 1922: 387 S, E, 4F, 99 s/f
  • 1923: 374 S, E, 4F, 90 s/f, No3 DC shaft
  • 1924: 330 S, E, 4F, 112 s/f
  • 1926: 384 S, E, 4F, Main, 117 s/f
  • 1927: 442 S, E, 4F, M, 146 s/f
  • 1928: 540 S, E, 4F, M, 155 s/f
  • 1929: 614 S, E, 4F, M, 167 s/f
  • 1931: 504 S, E, M, 169 s/f
  • 1932: 544 S, E, M, 185 s/f
  • 1933: 495 S, E, M, Stockings, 177 s/f
  • 1935: 372 S, E, M, St, 156 s/f
  • 1936: 352 S, E, M, St, 151 s/f
  • 1940: 346 S, Eureka fin, Woodfield, M, St, 160 s/f
  • 1943: 360 W, St, M, 188 s/f
  • 1944: 379 W, St, 193 s/f
  • 1945: 399 W, St, 189 s/f

Leicestershire Area NCB
  • 1947: 496 W, St, 214 s/f

No 7 Area

  • 1950: 504 W, S, M, E, St, 174 s/f

Now Measham

  • 1951 493 W, St, M, 162 s/f
  • 1952: 536 W, St, M, 159 s/f
  • 1953: 657W, St, M, 152 s/f
  • 1955: 558 W, St, M, 140 s/f
  • 1957: 580 W, St, M, E, 141 s/f
  • 1958: 573 W, St, M, E, 147 s/f
  • 1960: W, St, M, E, 135 s/f
  • 1962: 495 St, M, E, 138 s/f
  • 1964: 471 W, St, E, Kilburn, 121 s/f

South Midlands

  • 1967: 1970: 490 St, K, 129 s/f
  • 1972: 464 E, St, K, 106 s/f
  • 1980: W, K:
  • 1981: Little Woodfield, Woodfield, Kilburn:
  • 1985: W, K, M:
  • 1987: Kilburn.

Output And Manpower Since Nationalisation

  • 1947: 240,467 tons, 636 men
  • 1948: 265,398 tons, 705 men
  • 1949: 245,909 tons, 715 men
  • 1950: 237,925 tons, 694 men
  • 1953: 346,236 tons, 658 men
  • 1957: 403,893 tons, 720 men
  • 1962: 467,682 tons, 629 men
  • 1963: 577,624 tons, 606 men
  • 1964/65: 616,194 tons, 585 men
  • 1967/68: 376,699 tons, 558 men
  • 1968/69: 453,437 tons, 616 men
  • 1971/72: 295,121 tons, 571 men
  • 1972/73: 309,332 tons, 514 men
  • 1973/74: 233,693 tons, 487 men
  • 1976/77: 331,277 tons, 506 men
  • 1977/78: 274,535 tonnes, 510 men
  • 1980/81: 257,116 tonnes, 515 men
  • 1985/85: 170,743 tonnes 305 men, merged with Donisthorpe 1985
    Measham section closed 1986.

Agents

  • R Sinclair 1914-1923
  • JE Stephens (3788) 1940-1941
  • HE Moon (1327) 1942-1945
  • John G Tebbs (3897) 1945-1946
  • William Unsworth (2391) 1947 -

Sub-Area Managers

  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1951-1952
  • Harry B Bennett (2820) 1952-1956


Group Managers

  • William C Statham (3660) 1956-1957
  • Sam A McKee (3637) 1957-1966
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1966- .

Managers Measham

  • William Tate (974) 1894-1899
  • CJ Jackson (957) 1899-1906
  • Robert Millar (301) 1906-1912
  • Thomas Watson (3130) 1912-1913
  • AH Williams (2972) 1913-1914
  • Jas Colquhoun (1855) 1914-1916
  • Robert Brodie (3357) 1916-1924
  • JE Stephens (3788) 1924-1940
  • HE Moon (1327) 1940-1945
  • JG Tebbs (3897) 1945-1951
  • AE Colley (1234) 1951-1958
  • Walter Lavin (6548) 1958-1962 (later resigned to manage Heath drift mine at Doe Lea, set up by his father, but later he died when overcome by blackdamp whilst checking water levels inbye)
  • Ralph Rawlinson (5788) 1962-1964
  • J Chris Boyle (5733) 1964-1966
  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) 1966-1969
Agent Managers -1971
  • Roy Mallinder (7875) 1971-1973
  • Harold J Durkin (6168) 1973-1977
  • Barry A Finch (8619) 1977-1981
  • Lewis Elverstone (9080) 1981-1984
  • Barry A Finch (8619) 1984-1985.

Deputy Managers

  • Terry P Leader (8256) 1969-1982
  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1982-1985.

Undermanagers Measham

  • Thomas Tate (1372) 1894-1895
  • A Jephson (977) 1895-1896
  • T Jones 1896- 1899
  • T Petcher (3641/ 2nd) 1900-1906
  • C George (3729 / 2nd ) 1906-1907
  • R Sinclair (5277 / 2nd) 1907-1914
  • Robert Brodie (3357 / 1st) 1915-1916 (appt’d Manager)
  • Robert Farquhar (7310 / 2nd) 1916-1917
  • M Leckie (1872 / 2nd) 1917-1919
  • Donald Ross (5701 / 2nd) 1919-1921
  • William James Milburn (3630 / 2nd) 1921-1928
  • L Colclough (8149 / 2nd) 1928-1931
  • Thos Nix (575 / 2nd) 1928-1929
  • William McKee (1796 / 1st) 1929-1931
  • AE Bennett (1128 / 2nd) 1931-1934
  • CA Leigh (1666 / 2nd) 1932-1951
  • JW Webb (2932 / 2nd) 1934-1960
  • CA Leigh (1666 / 2nd) 1955-1958
  • Peter Moulton (6364) 1959-1960
  • John Chris Boyle (5733) 1960-1962
  • W John Bond (6307) 1960-1964
  • Mick E Skelding (7563) 1964-1966
  • Len Edwards (7953) 1966-1969 (previously a Deputy at Nailstone, night Overman Whitwick, Overman South Leicester, promoted to Undermanager Measham, promoted to Deputy Manager Glapwell)
  • Norman Harvey (8469) 1969-1971 (later Manager Betteshanger)
  • Derek Massey (7960) 1971-1984
  • Ken J Tunnicliffe (10460 / 2nd) 1981-1984
  • John RE Leigh (11137) 1984-1985.
    Merged with Donisthorpe.

Surveyors

  • Horace S Shackleton (1775) later promoted to Area Surveyor 1950s-1957
  • Trevor Taylor (3...) 1957-1963 (from Yorkshire, transferred to Area HQ Subsidence Engineer later Area Surveyor and Finally National Chief Surveyor
  • Colin Hardy (3168) 1963-1968 (transferred from Swadlincote, transferred to Cadley Hill)
  • Ron Hemsley (2990)
  • Ken A Smith (4224) transferred to Ellistown c1970
  • Keith Goodwin (5956) (transferred to Asfordby)
  • Ray Wallis (transferred to Donisthorpe)
  • Peter B Arnold (4630) (Deputy ?).

 

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